Tired and Elated

A tired but elated crew on Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50, Privateer – Credit: kevinjohnsonphotography.com

Day Four AM Race Report: Louay Habib

Just after dusk at 19:34:34, Ron O’Hanley’s American Cookson 50, Privateer came through the finish line off English Harbour, Antigua. The 12 crew were tired and hungry but most of all thirsty for knowledge. The team from Newport, Rhode Island, USA knew it was close…too close to call. They had sailed their socks off and knew they were in with a chance of winning the coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy. [Read more…]

Grins All Round As First Yachts Finish

Phaedo’s Lloyd Thornburg invites Peter Aschenbrenner to enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne on board to toast the 63ft trimaran, Paradox as winners of the Multihull Class – Credit: Ocean Images/Team Phaedo

By: Louay Habib

Mike Slade’s crew on ICAP Leopard were enjoying a cold beer in the Antigua Yacht Club today and Leopard’s owner, Mike Slade, was really enjoying winding down after a tough race in which ICAP Leopard took Line Honours for the second time: “That was definitely the toughest of the three races I have done, but I absolutely love this race; the course, the weather and the welcome we receive back in Antigua is just the best, anywhere. The RORC Caribbean is one of the premier yacht races worldwide and ICAP Leopard will definitely be back next year.” [Read more…]

Romp on: Day two, 2pm update

Paradox shows record pace in 5th RORC Caribbean 600 race
Credit: RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Breaking news from the RORC Caribbean 600 race course is that the first finishers are expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Wednesday 20 Feb), with every possibility that at least one record will be broken and possibly two.

Peter Aschenbrenner’s American trimaran, Paradox, has virtually rounded Guadeloupe and is close to laying Les Desirades, the most westerly point of the course. Paradox, with multihull legend Cam Lewis on board, is still on record pace and is expected to arrive back in Antigua in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Paradox need to cross the line before 03:11:05 on Wednesday morning, to beat Region Guadeloupe’s 2009 record. Paradox needs to cover 190 miles in 12 hours, which is very achievable.
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The Sleigh Ride Continues: Day Two Race Update

Close racing during the first night as the two majestic schooners Adela and Athos were virtually ‘side by side’ – Credit: RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

By: Louay Habib

On the first night, there was virtually no let up in the phenomenal pace for the yachts competing in the RORC Caribbean 600. Warm Trade Winds gusting up to 28 knots was the norm. Downwind under spinnaker, the broad reach to the magical island of St.Kitts was spectacular as Andreas Hanakamp on board Class40, Vaquita, explained by satellite phone: [Read more…]

Greased Lightning: 1700 Race Report

Peter Aschenbrenner’s 63ft trimaran, Paradox

By Louay Habib

At 1700 local time, Peter Aschenbrenner’s American trimaran, Paradox and Mike Slade’s British Maxi, ICAP Leopard were both averaging a ballistic 18 knots covering the first 100 miles of the course in an astonishing seven and a half hours.

Paradox is eating up the miles, after literally getting airborne in the upwind leg after the start. Paradox pulled the trigger on the windward side of Antigua, flashing through the Atlantic swell like a scalded cat. By 1700 local time, Paradox had passed Nevis and blasting to leeward of St.Kitts, still achieving over 20 knots of boat speed. Lloyd Thornburg’s Gunboat 66 Phaedo, nearly twice the weight of Paradox, was being pushed hard by Britain’s Brian Thompson on the helm of Phaedo. Paradox was only 12 miles astern giving the Lamborghini Orange Gunboat the class lead on corrected. Sadly Austin Hearst’s Gunboat 66, Slim has been forced to retire after rudder damage. [Read more…]